This section is now produced by Oliver Harris with contributions from Sally Badham, Paul Cockerham, Philip Lankester, Sophie Oosterwijk, Andrew Sargent and others. We all wish to thank Philip Lankester who produced the Recent Publications for any years but has now handed over to Oliver.
Originally the older Recent Publications was removed from the website, for the reasons of limited space, when a new edition arrived. Then when we obtained more web space this section merely tagged the latest Recent Publications onto the end of the previous Recent Publications so that this section became not only increasingly lengthy but effectively upside down. This has now been revised: this section will contain only the current Recent Publications; all the previous material has been moved elsewhere but may be accessed here. The current Latest Publications will eventually be tagged onto this list as before when a new edition is received.
I hope the long and unweildly list will be of interest to some and hopefully one day it will be edited.
Oliver Harris, with contributions from Sally Badham, Mark Downing, Ben Elliott and Andrew Sargent.
Suggestions for inclusion may be sent to OliverDHarris@netscape.net.
Douglas Arden, 2012, ‘The Spratton livery
collar of SS: the earliest example of a prime Lancastrian honour’,
Northamptonshire Past & Present, 65, 7-18
A discussion of the tomb with a fine military alabaster effigy at Spratton, Northants., wearing a Lancastrian livery collar of SS, conventionally attributed to Sir John Swinford (d. 1370). The author tentatively proposes, largely on heraldic grounds, that it may actually commemorate Sir John’s father-in-law, Sir Thomas Aderne; but argues that it is unlikely to have been commissioned before 1385. The collar is still probably the earliest surviving physical representation of a collar of SS.
Sally Badham & Sophie Oosterwijk, 2012, ‘The tomb monument of Katherine, daughter of Henry III and Eleanor of Provence (1253-7)’, Antiquaries J, 92, 169-96
An investigation into the costly but lost monument in Westminster Abbey to Katherine, third daughter of Henry III, who died in her fourth year, and was commemorated by a bejewelled and silver-gilt effigy. Probably the earliest recorded memorial to a child in England, it may have formed part of Henry’s response to the commemorative programme instigated by his brother-in-law, Louis IX of France.
Paul Barker, 2012, ‘Parish church treasures: the knight traveller’, Country Life, 206.47 (21st Nov 2012), 38
Discusses and illustrates the monument at Condover, Shropshire, to Sir Thomas Cholmondeley-Owen, a prolific traveller who died in Italy in 1864. The kneeling alabaster figure, inspired by 17th-century models and completed in 1867, was the first sculptural commission of G F Watts.
Jerome Bertram, 2012, ‘Embellishment and restoration: the Barttelots and their brasses at Stopham, Sussex’, Trans Monumental Brass Soc, 18.4, 334-62
A study of the lengthy sequence of brasses at Stopham, dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries, commissioned by members of the Barttelot family. Of particular interest are the embellishments and repairs, most executed by Edward Marshall between 1630 and 1644.
Paul Binski & Elizabeth A New (eds), 2012, Patrons and Professionals in the Middle Ages. Harlaxton Medieval Studies 22 (Shaun Tyas: Donington. xvi+430pp; 116 illus, mainly colour; ISBN 978-1-907730-12-2; hbk; £49.50)
The proceedings of the 27th Harlaxton Medieval Symposium, on patronage and the processes of artistic commissioning in medieval Europe. Contributions include Nigel Saul on the interplay between patrons’ expectations and sculptors’ creativity in the design of tomb monuments, making particular use of contracts and wills; and T A Heslop on the alabaster tomb of Sir Edmund Thorpe (d.1418) and his wife Joan (d.1415) at Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk.
Adam Bowett, 2012, ‘New light on Diacinto Cawcy and the Barrow monument’, Procs Suffolk Inst of Archaeol & History, 42.4, 424-33
A study, expanding on one of 2004 by John Blatchly and Geoffrey Fisher, of the scagliola work on three Suffolk monuments attributed to Diacinto Cawsey, an itinerant Italian artisan and an associate of the better known Baldassare Artima. The monuments are those to Sir Thomas Cullum (d.1664) at Hawstead, erected 1675; to Sir Henry North (d.1671) at Mildenhall; and to Maurice Barrow at Westhorpe, erected after 1681. A monument to the first and second Barons Poulett at Hinton St George, Somerset, may also incorporate work by Artima and/or Cawsey.
Frederick Brock, 2012, Thomas Brock: forgotten sculptor of the Victoria Memorial (Author House: Bloomington IN [Amazon print on demand]. Pbk; 187pp; illus; ISBN 978-1-4678-8334-4)
The career of Thomas Brock, sculptor of the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace. Much of his work was public sculpture.
Clive Burgess, 2012, ‘Obligations and strategy: managing memory in the later medieval parish’, Trans Monumental Brass Soc, 18.4, 289-310 An essay exploring the place of tombs and brasses within the wider complex of devotional and commemorative apparatus commonly brought together in late medieval parish churches.
A Cherryson, Z Crossland & S Tarlow, 2012, A Fine and Private Place: the archaeology of death and burial in Post-Medieval Britain and Ireland (Leicester Archaeol. Pbk; 276pp; illus; £32. ISBN 978-0-956-01798-7)
A synthetic and interpretative discussion of the below-ground archaeology of death and burial, including treatment of the dead, burial landscapes and changing beliefs. It is supported by a gazetteer of over 500 excavations.
Juliusz A Chrościcki, Mark Hengerer & Gérard Sabatier (eds), 2012, Les funérailles princières en Europe, XVIe-XVIIIe siècle: 1: Le grand théâtre de la mort (Centre de recherche du château de Versailles: Versailles. xi+407pp; 16 b/w, colour illus, maps, tables; ISBN 978-2-7351-1426-9; €47)
A collection of essays on royal funerary rites across Europe in the early modern period. This volume, the first of a trilogy, is concerned with ritual and spectacle: volume 2 will consider material culture, including tombs. In French.
B Connell, A Gray Jones, R Redfern & D Walker, 2012, A Bio-archaeological Study of Medieval Burials on the Site of St Mary Spital (MOLA. Hbk; 300pp; illus; £28. ISBN 978-1-907-58611-5)
Major excavations at the hospital and priory of St Mary Spital recorded over 10,500 skeletons. Close dating has allowed a unique insight into the lives of Londoners from the 12th to early 16th centuries.
Mark Downing, 2013, Military Effigies of England & Wales, Volume 5: Northamptonshire-Shropshire (Monumental Books: Shrewsbury. 165pp; 263 b/w illus; ISBN 978-0-9537065-5-6; pbk; £20 + £4 p&p). Available from the author at 9 Kestrel Drive, Sundorne Grove, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 4TT.
The latest volume in Mark Downing’s national survey of military effigies to 1500.
T Dyson, M Samuel, A Steele & S M Wright, 2011, The Cluniac Priory and Abbey of St Saviour Bermondsey, Surrey: excavations 1984-95, MOLA Monogr 50 (Museum of London)
This excavation recorded 22 inhumations or graves. The report includes brief sections on burial practice and location, demography and health. Three copper alloy letters of Lombardic form are described.
Ian B Fallows, 2012, ‘The Rev William Lee (c.1550-1617) Vicar of Stapleford, Cambridgeshire’, Procs Cambridge Antiquarian Soc, 101, 173-8
An examination of the three-plate memorial figure brass in Stapleford church to William Lee, vicar from 1574 to 1617, and founder of the grammar school in Batley, Yorkshire, his birthplace. The author argues that the figure is likely to be a re-used plate originally intended for a Cambridge academic, and that certain anomalies in the Latin inscription reflect Lee’s efforts to negotiate the religious turbulence of the Reformation.
Brian & Moira Gittos, 2012, ‘Medieval Ham Hill stone monuments in context’, J British Archaeol Assoc, 165, 89-121
An overview of medieval church monuments in south-west England (predominantly Somerset) carved from the distinctive limestone quarried on Ham Hill, near Yeovil. The corpus examined includes 62 effigies (with an additional three, at Haccombe, Devon, noted in a postscript) and 28 cross slabs and coffin lids. The clients were predominantly local gentry, and the effigy sample includes a higher proportion of male civilian and female figures than are typically found elsewhere.
M Henderson, A Miles & D Walker, 2012, ‘He Being Dead Yet Speaketh’ (Museum of London Archaeol. Hbk; 370pp; illus; £30. ISBN 978-1-907-58615-6)
Reports on three non-Anglican burial grounds in Tower Hamlets – Baptist, Catholic and Nonconformist – with over 1,350 burials from the period 1820-54. It draws upon archaeological, osteological and documentary evidence.
Robert Kinsey, 2012, ‘Each according to their degree: the lost brasses of the Thorpes of Northamptonshire’, Trans Monumental Brass Soc, 18.4, 311-33
An exploration of the fortunes and self-image of the Thorpe family, a successful medieval legal dynasty, through their monumental brasses. The brasses themselves are lost, but two at Peterborough Cathedral are recorded in Sir William Dugdale’s ‘Book of Monuments’, and a sophisticated indent survives at Ely Cathedral.
William Lack, H Martin Stuchfield & Philip Whittemore, 2012, The Monumental Brasses of Huntingdonshire (Monumental Brass Society: Stratford St Mary. xxii+217pp; 161 b/w illus; ISBN 978-0-9554484-3-0; pbk; £35 inc. p&p)
The latest survey volume in the comprehensive MBS County Series.
Polly Low, Graham Oliver, & P J Rhodes (eds), 2012, Cultures of Commemoration: war memorials, ancient and modern, Procs of the British Academy 160 (Oxford Univ Pr: Oxford. 200 pp; 26 b/w illus; ISBN 978-0-19-726466-9; hbk; £65)
A collection of essays on changing concepts of the war memorial. Contents include Avner Ben-Amos on the neo-classical Pantheon and Arc de Triomphe; Graham Oliver on classical traditions and commemorative practices in the 19th and 20th centuries; Stefan Goebel on medievalism and classicism in British and German 20th-century war memorials; and Lawrence A Tritle on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Other contributions deal with the ancient world.
Aleksandra McClain, 2012, ‘Theory, disciplinary perspectives and the archaeology of later medieval England’, Medieval Archaeol, 56, 131-70
An essay urging closer engagement by late-medieval archaeologists with social theory, supported and illustrated by a case study of cross-slab grave monuments (based on a corpus of 700 examples in the North Riding of Yorkshire). Argues that a social archaeology of commemoration should consider ‘the myriad ways in which people used, perceived, and engaged with funerary sculpture: as reified memory; as landmarks in the landscape or focal points in the church or churchyard; as motivators for prayer; as symbols or embodiments of the deceased; as family legacies; as political statements; as proclamations of status; and as cultural signifiers’.
David Meara, 2012, ‘The brass to the Revd Montague Henry Noel, d.1929, St Barnabas, Oxford’, Trans Monumental Brass Soc, 18.4, 363-9
An account of the negotiations surrounding the commissioning and execution of the brass to the first vicar of the Anglo-Catholic church of St Barnabas, designed by Cecil Hare and installed in 1931.
Edward Morris & Emma Roberts, 2012, Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside (excluding Liverpool), Public Sculpture of Britain 15 (Liverpool Univ Pr: Liverpool. xxiv+308pp; 227 b/w illus; ISBN 978-1-84631-492-6; hbk; £45)
Although this survey is predominantly concerned with secular public sculpture, the introduction includes several pages of discussion of church monuments, cemeteries and war memorials; while the catalogue features a number of post-medieval interior and exterior monuments, including work by Nollekens, Chantrey, and William Stanton, and the dramatic Port Sunlight war memorial by Sir William Goscombe John.
Edward Parry, 2011, ‘Monumental history: funerary monuments and public memory’, Archaeologia Cambrensis, 160, 219-34
A consideration of six monuments in Wales and the Borders as documents of the religious and constitutional upheavals of the 17th and early 18th centuries. The six are those to William Lucy (d. 1677), Bishop of St David’s, at Christ College, Brecon; Sir John Powell (d. 1696) at Laugharne, Carmarthenshire; Elizabeth (d. 1731) and Mary (d. 1739), wives of Sir John Pryce, at Newtown, Montgomeryshire; Col. John Birch (d. 1691) at Weobley, Herefs.; Sir Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford (d. 1724) at Brampton Bryan, Herefs.; and Theophilus Salwey (d. 1760) at Ludlow.
H Playfair, 2012, Jewels of Somerset: stained glass in parish churches from 1830 (Beaufort Pr. 84pp; 80 colour illus; £12.50 plus £5 p&p from Hugh Playfair, Blackford House, Blackford, Yeovil BA22 7EE – cheques ‘Friends of Somerset Churches and Chapels’)
Describes the role of stained glass windows and their development since 1830, with notes on artists and workshops.
Keith Randon, 2012, ‘Gaddesby church and the Cheney monument’, Leicestershire Historian, 22-27
This sculpture of a soldier on a dying horse, sculpted by Joseph Gott, commemorates Edward Cheney’s actions at Waterloo. Originally erected in Gaddesby Hall, it was moved to the church in 1898. The history of the monument is poorly known.
Ioanna Rapti, 2011-12, ‘Note sur une pierre tumulaire découverte à Tarse: l’épitaphe arménienne de sire Philippe, mort en 1351’, Cahiers Archeologiques, 54, 89-121
A report on an incised marble tomb slab found in 2009 in Tarsus, Cilicia (now Turkey), on the site of the Great Mosque (erected 1579). It depicts a military figure and bears an Armenian inscription in commemoration of a ‘lord Philip’ who died in 1351. It incorporates Latin gothic stylistic features, and Philip’s name is rendered in a French form, but he has eluded identification.
Nicholas Riall, 2012, ‘Defining the early sixteenth-century Renaissance experience: the tomb of Richard and Elizabeth Norton at East Tisted, Hampshire’, Hampshire Studies, 67.2, 347-65
An examination of the tomb of Richard Norton (d. 1537), sheriff of Hampshire, and his wife Elizabeth, executed, probably in the late 1520s or early 1530s, in an ostentatious Italianate all’antica style. Along with other local monuments, it is attributed to Thomas Bertie, the Bishop of Winchester’s master mason.
J M Robinson, 2011, James Wyatt: architect to George III (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Yale Univ Pr: New Haven. Hbk; 370pp; illus; £50. ISBN 978-0-300-17690-2)
This is an attractively produced and well illustrated volume. A chapter on mausoleums and memorials includes the Pelham mausoleum at Brocklesby (Lincs), the Darnley mausoleum at Cobham (Kent) and the Dartrey mausoleum (Co Monaghan). Some of Wyatt’s sketches are reproduced alongside modern colour photography.
Xavier F Salomon, 2012, ‘Gasparo Marcaccioni (1620-74), his portrait by Carlo Maratti and his chapel’, Burlington Mag, 54 (no 1314: Sept 2012), 629-36
Includes discussion of the monument to Gasparo Marcaccioni, bookkeeper and principal minister to Cardinal Antonio Barbarini, in the church of S Maria del Sufraggio, Rome. Previously unpublished financial records identify the marble portrait bust and other sculptures as the work of Paolo Naldini, executed between 1674 and 1677.
Ann Saunders, 2012, St Paul’s Cathedral: 1400 years at the heart of London (Scala: London. 144pp; 116 colour illus; ISBN 978-1-85759-802-5; hbk; £25)
A new account of St Paul’s by a highly regarded authority. Includes discussion of some of the monuments introduced to Wren’s building from 1791 onwards, illustrated with evocative photographs.
K D M Snell, 2012, ‘Churchyard closures, rural cemeteries and the village community in Leicestershire and Rutland, 1800-2010’, J Ecclesiastical Hist, 63.4, 721-57
A pioneering analysis of patterns in churchyard extensions, closures and new cemetery provision in two Midland counties, encompassing a total of 556 rural and urban burial sites, and focusing on changes in the 1850s, 1880-1900, and from the 1960s to 2010.
Sally Strachey, 2012, ‘The best get better: two stone monuments at St Mary’s Church, Elmley Castle, Worcestershire’, Mausolus (newsletter of the Mausolea & Monuments Trust) (Winter 2012), 2-3
On recent conservation work to monuments to Sir William Savage (d. 1616) and Thomas Coventry, first Earl of Coventry (d.1699).